Have a Magical Day!
2010 was a trying year for my family, and my parents wanted to kick off 2011 with something wonderful. We didn’t make any resolutions this year, save one:
My parents are taking my sister, nephew, and me (hubby has to work!) to Disney next week as a very special celebration of life. We plan to do lots of dorky family things, like donning mouse ears, having breakfast with Pluto and Mickey, and the embracing the requisite voyage through it’s a small world.
In preparation for this trip, I’ve been boning up on what’s newish in Disney by reading Julie and Mike Neal’s The Complete Walt Disney World 2010, a digital copy of which I scored on netGalley. We’ve been to Disney a few times, but this is the first time I’m visiting with my 4-year-old nephew. Disney with a kiddo is a bit different than Disney with my husband or friends, so like a good Girl Scout, I want to be prepared.
Overall, the guide is very thorough and offers tons of information on the rides, the parks, dining, history and fun facts. It was easy for me to evaluate kiddie rides and shows because the Neals clearly detail everything, including the scare factor, something I need to keep in mind for the little nephew.
Guidebooks date quickly and to combat that, the Neals offer up a What’s New chapter at the start of the book. I found this feature helpful and necessary. There were ample photos of resorts and attractions, along with great map references.
The Complete Walt Disney World 2010 holds its own against other guidebooks and it would be a good research tool to have in your arsenal when planning your next trip to Disney World. It doesn’t cover the other attractions in the area–Universal or Sea World like some other guides do–but it does offer up solid information, color photos, and great maps.